No Refunds on Freedoms Forfeited

No Refunds on Freedoms Forfeited

Lives can and will be replenished. Whether it’s unfortunate natural or other causes, but eventually mankind can and will sustain against an epidemic, and prosper. May take a while to recover to former conditions, but so far the adaptable human species has prospered despite anything terrible nature has thrown at them.

On the contrary, freedom and rights conceded is not so easily or certain to be regained. Rarely in history has a leader or elites voluntarily relinquished their power and authority to the masses they control. More likely the freedom and rights must be usurped through conflict. Which leads to mass destruction, not unlike an epidemic. 

So examine the outcome of this epidemic. Lots of people will die due to the virus regardless of authoritarian lockdown policies. These draconian edicts have negligible –possibly even detrimental — effect on saving people from an epidemic. 

The other outcome, along with the loss of lives, is the loss of freedoms and rights — most probably permanently. Most people yearn to “return to the way things were” before the epidemic. But even if the virus were defeated (unfortunately after much suffering and death), life will never return to normal. Because the new normal is now less freedom, less rights, less privileges, for the common citizen. That they have passed on to the elites to “safeguard” during a crises. 

But there is no way they will just hand it back. They will continue to hoard their newfound powers — “for the common good”, of course. The elites will continue to lie, coerce, propogandize. That is their nature, the nature of anybody in power. But that situation is not entirely their fault. When the masses have given up their rights voluntarily, they must also face the probability (more likely than not) that they would never get it back. (At least not so easily.)

Laws during crises or emergency are put “into the books” immediately. But are not as easily undone — not even temporary ones. Some laws may be forgotten and just left alone; yet they still have effect. 

On the other hand, repealing a law is much more difficult than enacting one. Such a process must overwhelmingly convince the lawmakers and courts. Comparatively, attempts to repeal a law requires greater effort than creating a law.

Thus once a law to remove your freedom and rights has been enacted, a greater effort must be expended by you, the common citizen, in order to return the original right you conceded. A law created during a crisis takes a day or a week to write and ratify, but the reverse process could take months, years — and you would still lose, most likely. Not to mention the overwhelming mental and financial burden necessary to persist. 

[MTG deck] Singularity Natural Order

Use Natural Order to bring in ridiculously powerful green creatures, including Apex Altisaur and Terastodon–which are one-sided Wrath of God and Armageddon, respectively.

Mana--24
4 Tropical Island
2 Savannah
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Windswept Heath
1 Gaea's Cradle
1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
1 Karakas
1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
1 Lumbering Falls
1 Celestial Colonnade
1 Mobilized District
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring

Others--13
4 Leyline of Singularity
1 Future Sight
1 Sylvan Library
1 Batterskull
3 Natural Order
1 Green Sun's Zenith
1 Time Walk
1 Ancestral Recall
Creatures--23
— 1cc
1 Birds of Paradise
1 Deathrite Shaman
1 Noble Hierarch
— 2cc
1 Bloom Tender
1 Gyre Sage
1 Lotus Cobra
1 Sylvan Caryatid
1 Tarmogoyf
1 Stoneforge Mystic
— 3cc
1 Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea
1 Deputy of Detention
1 Edric, Spymaster of Trest
1 Selvala, Heart of the Wilds
1 Thassa, God of the Sea
— 4cc
2 Captain Sisay
1 Nylea, Keen-Eyed
1 Elvish Piper
— 5cc+
1 Murkfiend Liege
1 Primeval Titan
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Terastodon
1 Apex Altisaur
Sideboard
1 Aura of Silence
1 City of Solitude
1 Cold-Eyed Selkie
1 Dovescape
1 Geist of Saint Traft
1 Kataki, War's Wage
1 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
1 Kitchen Finks
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
1 Ray of Revelation
1 Rest in Peace
1 Shalai, Voice of Plenty
1 Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
1 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar

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Democrat Party is Results Oriented, Thus Misguided

In recent decades, after suffering concussive losses of the Presidency to the Republicans, a few states led by Democrat party majority have formed a coalition to abolish the electoral college. This supports my theory of results oriented vs process oriented thinking. Whereby Democrats/progressives are results oriented and Republicans/conservatives are process oriented. Results oriented is basically using whatever means necessary to achieve a result. The fatal flaw of results oriented is thinking only about a specific result, and neglecting all other results that are equally probable. In this case, Democrats are expecting that dissolving electoral college will help their party because of past results. That’s another flaw of results oriented–each future incident does not necessarily follow from previous incidents.

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Improving Classroom Behavior

The main problem with education is the sharing of information and knowledge only flows in one direction–typically from teacher to students. If that’s all education system does, we can just eliminate teachers and have students learn by watching videos all day. So what’s the point and benefit of stuffing children into crowded classrooms?

One may surmise that schools bring children together so they can learn to socialize and make friends. But then why punish children for being active and expressive?
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Universal Love vs Love by Inclusivity

Universal love is by default more inclusive than love by inclusivity. Such that this progressive movement of “inclusivity” is a huge backward step compared to universal love.

Universal love doesn’t care about attributes or classification. Thus it is not hindered by misperception or bias or ignorance. Nothing and nobody is omitted or excluded.

In contrast, inclusive love very much cares about classifying (people, things). It can only include things or people that they know about or care about. Thus ironically it will not include things they could care less about or have no information about. So when new information or things later come into view or concern, it has to include that piecemeal, and still erroneously omit things and people.
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[MTG Deck] Azorius Skies

18 Creatures
4 Healer's Hawk
4 Siren Stormtamer
4 Resplendent Angel
2 Shalai, Voice of Plenty
4 Sphinx of Foresight

7 Mods
3 Prying Blade
4 Curious Obsession
16 Spells
4 Opt
4 Depose / Deploy
4 Warrant / Warden
4 Mission Briefing

19 Lands
2 Plains
5 Island
4 Hallowed Fountain
4 Glacial Fortress
4 Azorius Guildgate
Sideboard
2 Remorseful Cleric
4 Negate
4 Kinjalli's Sunwing
2 Sinister Sabotage
3 Deputy of Detention

[MTG Deck] Esper Skies

12 Creatures
4 Pteramander
4 Siren Stormtamer
4 Dimir Spybug

20 Lands
3 Island
4 Watery Grave
4 Drowned Catacomb
4 Hallowed Fountain
4 Glacial Fortress
1 Godless Shrine
28 Spells
4 Opt
2 Duress
4 Mission Briefing
4 Thought Erasure
4 Depose // Deploy
4 Discovery // Dispersal
4 Warrant // Warden
2 Sinister Sabotage
Sideboard
2 Duress
4 Negate
3 Consecrate // Consume
3 Deputy of Detention
2 Shalai, Voice of Plenty
1 Nightveil Predator

Esper aggro-control with focus on Surveil and filling graveyard with instants and sorceries. Finishers are Pteramander, Dimir Spybug, Warden–all of which can become dangerous 4/4 or 5/5 flyers; or a bunch of flying Thopter tokens via Deploy.

The spells perform one or more of these:

– [b]surveil[/b] to improve your next draws
– [b]control[/b] ala countermagic, discard, removal
– [b]tempo[/b] to slow down opponent
– [b]protection[/b] via counters (Siren Stormtamer), hexproof
– creature [b]tokens[/b] as finishers

The Azorius split cards Depose // Deploy and Warrant // Warden are amazing. Early they can be tempo, and later they create tokens to finish the game. So they count as creatures, but also fill the grave for Pteramander. Furthermore, they can be flashbacked with Mission Briefing–it’s absolutely sick. Recast Deploy to gain more Thopters and gain huge amounts life; or recast Warden for another 4/4 flying vigilant.

[MTG deck] Singularity

Spells -- 13
2 Eladamri's Call
2 Enlightened Tutor
1 Future Sight
2 Garruk Wildspeaker
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Leyline of Singularity
2 Swords to Plowshares

Mana -- 26
1 Black Lotus
1 Celestial Colonnade
1 Faerie Conclave
4 Flooded Strand
1 Forest
1 Island
1 Karakas
1 Lumbering Falls
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Mox Diamond
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
4 Tropical Island
2 Tundra
Creatures -- 21
1 Artificer's Assistant
1 Birds of Paradise
2 Captain Sisay
1 Cold-Eyed Selkie
1 Edric, Spymaster of Trest
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Empress Galina
1 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
1 Kitchen Finks
1 Nightveil Specter
1 Noble Hierarch
1 Nylea, God of the Hunt
1 Primeval Titan
1 Rhox War Monk
1 Selvala, Heart of the Wilds
1 Sylvan Caryatid
1 Tarmogoyf
1 Thassa, God of the Sea
1 Vendilion Clique
Sideboard -- 15
1 Aura of Silence
1 Aura Shards
1 Azorius Guildmage
1 Eladamri's Call
1 Geist of Saint Traft
1 Glen Elendra Archmage
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Kataki, War's Wage
1 Knight of the Reliquary
1 Kruphix, God of Horizons
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
1 Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker
1 Rafiq of the Many
1 Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
1 Venser, Shaper Savant

I discovered the Leyline of Singularity deck concept when playing Forge. I felt the potential and coolness of this idea, and transformed it into a real powerhouse far different from the original.

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